How to Stop Time

Matt Haig

I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.
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21 July 2022

The Sunday Times top ten bestseller from the author of The Midnight Library and The Humans


Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity, he can stay one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love.

But what if the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him?

“A rollicking time-hopping fantasy … How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight”

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“Hugely entertaining”
John Boyne
irish Times

“Outlandish … heartwarming, perceptive prose”
Anita Sethi
daily Telegraph

“An imaginative, ambitious novel by an author with an infectious passion for history and the human condition”
sunday Express

“Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life”

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and seven highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. The Midnight Library was an instant bestseller and a BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club pick and was winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction 2020. It has become a worldwide phenomenon and multi-million copy bestseller. The audiobook is read by Carey Mulligan.

Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which has been made into a feature film with an all-star cast. He has sold more than three million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over fifty languages.

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